Whitesburg KY

Gwen Huff Farmer enjoying vegetables from garden

Southern Ohio

Merry Christmas, everyone, everywhere!

In the Harrison, Ohio, area, we woke to the first snowfall, not as much as was predicted for this area just enough to let you know it is now winter.

My son, Keith Ballard, set my five-foot Santa Claus on the front porch for me in its usual place.

As I look out my window, I hear the song “Christmas time is coming, and I know I am going home,” along with a song the late Larry Fuller sang, “I Would Like to go Back There.” Just for a day, goes through my thoughts. Once more the longing for the mountains goes through this hillbilly body.

I have a favorite cup with a Christmas scene on it, a huge red house, a wooden fence and a horse and buggy. It reminds me of several years ago when Ann Calihan and I went to Metamora, Ind., with several from the Nazarene Church. Oh the memories it has left for Ann and me! Sometimes when life’s problems get me down, I try to remember the funny things that have happened and this trip will always stay in my memories, just a simple horse-drawn carriage ride with too many people crowded in.

I wish things were much simpler now instead of such hustle and bustle.

My brother, Richie Hall, tells me Christmas trees are very expensive around the Whitesburg area. I guess I would be heading for a mountainside for a tree. The last time I did that trick of cutting a tree from the hillside I ended up with a bloody nose since I fell over something hidden beneath the snow. I was about 10 years old at the time.

It seems the true meaning of Christmas has been lost in the hustle and bustle of shopping for expensive gifts. Don’t go sending comments to Speak your Piece, I am including myself as well!

Clarence and Arlyn Halcomb are both doing alright; they are trying to stay warm. Arlyn has been out Christmas shopping with her daughter, Doris. Clarence and Arlyn are very fortunate they have their children to help them. Arlyn finally had to give up driving and it was very hard for her to accept this as I am sure it was for Clarence, too.

Sometimes I wonder when that time comes for me to give up driving what will I do? I find at times driving down the road I drive a little slower, then some nut gets behind me trying to push me down the road or goes around me on a double yellow line ! I told Keith I had become the old lady about whom so many jokes were made!

Shirley Wells of Clarksville, Tenn., Gwen Huff Farmer and myself enjoyed listening to WMMT radio via the Internet. One of my all time favorite singers, Larry Sparks, was at the Appalshop. Larry is one of the greatest performers I have ever heard and if you don’t believe me, just ask Annabelle Wright! As I sit and listen to Larry on the Internet, how I wish I was sitting right on the front row.

My brother, Jerry, and Mattie Hall were in the audience enjoying the show. I could hear their voices. I don’t think Jerry and Mattie miss very many shows at the Appalshop.

Johnny and Ann Calihan called to thank me for writing about Junior Calihan in The Mountain Eagle. I really didn’t need any special thanks, it is just a matter of fact. I write what I feel.

Gwen Huff Farmer has been enjoying quite a bit of good wholesome vegetables from her garden. Her nephew’s wife asked Gwen if she raised a garden to keep from spending the money at the store. She laughed and said no way, that she enjoyed gardening. I have seen how much Gwen grows in the garden, plus when the fruit trees bears, she always puts away a lot of fruit, too.

Gwen’s relative, who is Hillard Halcomb’s son-in-law, had an emergency three-way bypass and is in a Lexington hospital.

Gwen and two of her sisters spent a few days at Hillard’s during the loss of their brother, Gary Huff. One of her sisters lives in Somerset, and her brother Dale is having a house built there also. The Huff family is a close knit family.

Have you got your Christmas tree up yet? I haven’t been in the mood for Christmas, I just can’t find the Christmas spirit! I have a few Christmas houses that light up. I have collected these for several years and that is all. I may not put a tree up this year. Then who knows? I just might drag the big one out and decorate it. Little Bennie may help me.

Shirley Wells’s son, Buddy, set up her little Charlie Brown Christmas tree, and it is all lit up at her house.

Belated happy birthday to Shirley’s granddaughter, Kacy, who was 11 years old Nov. 27. Shirley went to a birthday party for Kacy.

Levine Jones of Bristol, Tenn., and Bruce Jones of Ingram’s Creek, have you been good boys so old Santa will come to see you? I am not expecting anything except a lump of coal!

Mr. Winter paid Harrison, Ohio, and surrounding areas a visit. We have a bitter reminder winter is finally here as we are iced in! The road in front of my house looks as if you could go ice skating. We have freezing rain, sleet and snow combined as I walked out on the porch to throw salt on the steps. I am ready for spring and hot weather!

Betty and Doyle Ison are getting the house decorated for Christmas. Doyle got the Christmas tree out of storage. I should sneak down there and put a tree out on my special spot, their deck!

My daughter, Angie Wiederhold, took little Bennie to the doctor. He weighs 16 pounds now, and has four teeth. He is such a good baby, that is until it gets about 9 p.m. Then he gets a little fussy.

A friend gave me something called a Pack & Play. It is like a playpen and small bed combination. I call it a lifesaver! My living room looks like a nursery as I have a walker, a exercise saucer, and this Pack & Play set up

We had a very good turnout with plenty of food, good music and lots of fellowship for our Christmas party for Old Time Fiddlers at Miamitown, Ohio. Please stop by January 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. This is held in the basement of the Miamitown Fire Department.

Bobby Jo Pass sent me some CD’s of his show on Bounceradio. I finally found Bounceradio.net. It tells of his accomplishments. I haven’t been able to tune him in on Saturday mornings, however the CD’s are wonderful. I have spoken to Bobby on the telephone, along with his wife.

Betty and Barefoot Bill Kelly’s daughter underwent surgery. I hope she is doing alright. Keep this family in your prayers.

I talked to my sister, Loretta Church, who is in Letcher Manor. My brother, Wallace Lee Hall, and his wife, Georgia, are also in Letcher Manor. They are doing alright.

Junior Kuracka, please call me when you or Lorraine read this column. I need to talk to you.

Richie and Wanda really enjoyed a few days in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., with Rick and Barb Jones and the big boss little Destiny, who is Rick and Barb’s grandbaby. Destiny says she wants Santa to bring her a rain and something else and $6. She will tell Barb, “Granny, get your baby.” Bruce Jones, watch that brother of mine as he is crazy over Destiny!

Once again that clock keeps looking at me, I swear it seems like it tries to out run me. Please be careful in your shopping trips. Don’t slip and fall. I should be taking my own advice.

Until next time. Rose Ballard, 9110 Lawrenceburg Road, Harrison, Ohio 45030, email Bluegrassmama4@aol.com, (513) 367-4682.

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